Special Session: Environmental Health Informatics
Environmental health has been definned by the WHO as those aspects of the human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health.
These days a great emphasis is laid on topic of climate change. However, not enough importance is laid on the interaction of climate change and human health. Climate change may affect health through a range of pathways, for example as a result of increased frequency and intensity of heat waves, reduction in cold related deaths, increased floods and droughts, changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases and effects on the risk of disasters and malnutrition. Models, data collection, data analysis are scientific instruments to forcast, analyse and descibe the situation and impact.
Environmental health aspects have many other foci apart from the hot topic of climate change. The need for computer science in these areas is evident. Hence environmental health informatics of high importance in this respect. That is why the session/workshop of environmental health informatics has been offered for many years on the EnviroInfo Conferences and will be organized this year in Cyprus.
Call for papers:
Wellcome are papers on the following topics, where ICT technologies play a crucial role to achieve a sustainability Green Chemistry in context of the Agenda 2030:
- Joint Data Portals, Data Hubs and Data Services for chemicals
- Environmental Health Informatics, Sustainable Health Informatics
- Human Health Informatics
- Air quality, including both ambient outdoor air and indoor air quality
- Food safety, including in agriculture, transportation, food processing, wholesale and retail distribution and sale.
- Hazardous materials management, including hazardous waste management, contaminated site remediation.
- Liquid waste disposal, including city waste water treatment plants and on-site waste water disposal systems, such as septic tank systems and chemical toilets.
- Medical waste management and disposal.
- Noise pollution control.
- Occupational health and industrial hygiene.
- Radiological health, including exposure to ionizing radiation from X-rays or radioactive isotopes.
- Safe drinking water.
- Solid waste management, including landfills, recycling facilities, composting and solid waste transfer stations.
- Toxic chemical exposure whether in consumer products, housing, workplaces, air, water or soil.
- Effects of different energy sources on human health and the environment
Dr. Kristina Voigt
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Dr. Margaret MacDonell
Argonne National Laboratory, USA